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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (November 22, 2015)

Students Demand Better Racial Climate at the University

About 150 students and supporters marched peacefully across the River Campus on Friday to demand that “the University of Rochester’s administration implement immediate and lasting changes that will reduce intolerable acts of racism that students of color endure at our University.” At Wallis Hall, a group of five students representing minority leadership groups met briefly with President and CEO Joel Seligman to present him with a three-page list of demands designed to improve the racial climate on campus. In a statement issued after the meeting, Seligman said he would carefully review the students’ petition and issue a statement early this week. He reiterated that racism has no place at the University, which must be a campus that is welcoming, respectful, and safe for all. Read more...

Partial Closure of Room in Rush Rhees Library Planned

A section of the Messinger Periodical Reading Room in Rush Rhees Library will be closed Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25, for winterizing work. Half of the room, as well as the two Messinger Graduate Study Rooms, will remain open during that time.

Rochester Earns 'Bicycle Friendly University' Award

The University has been recognized with a 2015 “Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award,” presented by the League of American Bicyclists. Read more...

Registration Opens Monday for CIRTL's Spring Courses 

CIRTL will be be offering four courses next spring, each touching on CIRTL's pedagogical cornerstones: the college classroom, research mentor training, a class on teaching-as-research, and a MOOC on evidence-based STEM teaching. Registration for spring courses will open on Monday, November 23. Visit for details.

Italian Baroque Organ Is a Musical Time Machine

The only instrument of its kind in North America, the full-sized Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery is a musical time capsule. It's featured in the Eastman School's Third Thursday concert series, now under way. Learn more about the instrument and how it works—and try a few notes yourself.    

Exhibition Looks at Nanotechnology and Photo History

A new exhibition in Rush Rhees Library showcases the results of the University's nanotechnology research that explores the extraordinary qualities of the daguerreotype photographic process. “Researching the Daguerreotype at the University of Rochester: Nanotechnology Meets Local History” features daguerreotypes from the River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the George Eastman Museum.

Don't Let Hackers 'Gobble Up' Your Info

This holiday season, as you reflect on all the things you are thankful for, University IT reminds you to make sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from hackers and scammers. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

Upcoming Events


Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours

Need advice on launching a new venture? Schedule an appointment with Ain Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scott Catlin, associate vice president for technology ventures at UR Ventures and attorney, on Tuesday, November 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 1.213 CTSI Director’s Suite in the Saunders Research Building. John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp., will hold office hours on Wednesday, November 25, from 9 a.m. until noon in Carol Simon Hall.  Appointments are required: book with Scott Catlin,  book with John Hawkins, or call (585) 276-3500.

Discussion Offers Strategies to Manage, Reduce Stress

WiSTEE (Women in Science, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) Connect is hosting an event on Wednesday, December 2, on strategies to manage and reduce stress. "Managing and Reducing Stress and Leading a Balanced Life" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Rochester Institute of Technology's Louise Slaughter Building, Room 2210/2200. RSVP here.

SPARK Competition Set for December 4

Enhance your rÉsumÉ and network with industry professionals at the O’Brien & Gere SPARK Competition, a think-tank style event that gives students at all levels of study in STEM- and business-related disciplines the chance to solve a real problem with real-world industry engineers and scientists. The competition will be held on Friday, December 4,from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gleason Hall, Room 120. Hosted by the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) master's degree program and engineering solutions provider O’Brien & Gere. The winning team will recieve $1,000and the runner up will win $500. For more information and to sign up, contact Andrea Galati.

Holiday Shopping Fair Returns to Wilson Commons

Wilson Commons Student Activities' holiday shopping fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 4, in Hirst Lounge. Students, faculty, and staff can purchase items from local businesses and artisans will offer handcrafted goods such as jewelry, handmade soaps, cards, handmade prints, washi art, tea, hats, University gear, ornaments, coffee, calendars, handcrafted journals, skin care, and terrariums. Most vendors accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

Rochester in the News

East High Students Show Early Returns

Democrat and Chronicle (November 16)
"While it's too early for most academic indicators of how students at the new East are faring, data on student suspensions and attendance shows fitful progress." The University serves as East's Educational Partnership Organization.
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